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Transparent Pricing

The Rockefeller University Press (RUP) pricing model establishes increases or decreases in the list prices for the Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP) based on the number of articles that require subscription access. With a focus on transparency and sustainability, our model ensures that we are not receiving subscription revenue from articles published as Immediate Open Access.

Nominal Read Fee

Our model uses a three-year average of the past three calendar years as the basis for calculating prices, which balances temporary fluctuations in production. To establish our 2022 prices, we used the following table:

Subscription-access articles only
Journal 2018 2019 2020 2018-2020 Average
Journal of Cell Biology 201 206 195 200.67

Journal of Experimental Medicine

152 185 191 176

Journal of General Physiology

95 66 55 72

Portfolio Median

448 457 441 448.67

The 2022 nominal read fee is calculated by dividing the total 2021 online list price of our portfolio by the 2018–2020 average for subscription-access articles. The nominal read fee provides a consistent per-article price across each of our journals and across each of our tiers:

Tier Nominal Read Fee
Tier 1 $ 13.31
Tier 2 $ 16.85
Tier 3 $ 21.44
Tier 4 $ 27.39

Journal list prices are adjusted in the first year of the model's application. We use this simple formula: the nominal read fee multiplied by the 2018–2020 average for subscription-access articles.

The initial adjustment is spread across a five-year period.

For 2023 pricing, we will use the 2019–2021 average for subscription-access articles. We will compound increases or decreases to the adjustment calculated in the first year.

 

Journal Tier 2022 Price Adjustment 2022 Price Adjustment,
Spread Across Five Years
Journal of Cell Biology Tier 1 0.00% 0.00%
Journal of Cell Biology Tier 2 -0.26% -0.05%
Journal of Cell Biology Tier 3 3.43% 0.69%
Journal of Cell Biology Tier 4 3.32% 0.66%
Journal of Experimental Medicine Tier 1 27.97% 5.59%
Journal of Experimental Medicine Tier 2 23.05% 4.61%
Journal of Experimental Medicine Tier 3 15.40% 3.08%
Journal of Experimental Medicine Tier 4 15.61% 3.12%
Journal of General Physiology Tier 1 -34.83% -6.97%
Journal of General Physiology Tier 2 -31.07% -6.21%
Journal of General Physiology Tier 3 -29.51% -5.90%
Journal of General Physiology Tier 4 -29.56% -5.91%

 

The five-year adjustment period helps mitigate any major pricing changes from year to year. We expect that as the amount of Immediate Open Access content in RUP journals increases, the amount of subscription-access articles in the journals will decline. Increases calculated in this first year are compounded with discounts as more content is published as Immediate Open Access in the subsequent years.

Additional Pricing Factors

RUP journals are subject to an annual increase based on inflation to account for changes in the value of currency. We have adopted the Consumer Price Index (CPI) released by the United States Bureau of Labor, using the rate from the prior calendar year. The CPI for the period from January to December 2020 is 1.4%.

We will not implement any increases above 5% in any given year. Any calculation that produces an increase above 5% will be reduced to 4.99%, and the difference will not be accounted for in subsequent years.

2022 Prices

You can see our full 2022 price list here. Upon final calculation, our 2022 prices are subject to the following adjustments, rounded to the nearest power of 10:

Product Tier 2021 Price 2022 Price Change Price Difference 2022 Price
(Rounded)
Journal of Cell Biology Online Tier 1 $2,670.00 1.40% $37.38 $2,710.00
Journal of Cell Biology Online Tier 2 $3,390.00 1.35% $45.77 $3,440.00
Journal of Cell Biology Online Tier 3 $4,160.00 2.09% $86.94 $4,250.00
Journal of Cell Biology Online Tier 4 $5,320.00 2.06% $109.59 $5,430.00
Journal of Experimental Medicine Online Tier 1 $1,830.00 4.99% $91.32 $1,920.00
Journal of Experimental Medicine Online Tier 2 $2,410.00 4.99% $120.26 $2,530.00
Journal of Experimental Medicine Online Tier 3 $3,270.00 4.48% $146.50 $3,420.00
Journal of Experimental Medicine Online Tier 4 $4,170.00 4.52% $188.48 $4,360.00
Journal of General Physiology Online Tier 1 $1,470.00 -5.57% -$81.88 $1,390.00
Journal of General Physiology Online Tier 2 $1,760.00 -4.81% -$84.66 $1,680.00
Journal of General Physiology Online Tier 3 $2,190.00 -4.50% -$98.55 $2,090.00
Journal of General Physiology Online Tier 4 $2,800.00 -4.51% -$126.28 $2,670.00

 

Our Subscribers

In considering our pricing policies, we have carefully analyzed our subscriber base to minimize overall increases as much as possible. The majority of our subscribers purchase either all three of our journals or a combination of two journals. For subscribers purchasing all three titles, their total increase will simply be the inflationary increase, 1.4%, for 2022. The majority of our customer base will receive an increase within the range typically expected from publishers, and a portion of our subscribers will see an overall decrease in their subscription costs in 2022 compared with their 2021 costs.

We understand that libraries are facing historic and profound challenges. Any subscribers who are having difficulty maintaining their current subscriptions should get in touch with us as soon as possible. Please contact subs@rockefeller.edu if you would like to discuss your pricing for the 2022 renewal cycle.

We strongly welcome, encourage, and appreciate any feedback on our transparent pricing policy. If you would like to let us know how our policy affects your library, please email Miguel Peralta, Institutional Sales Manager, at mperalta@rockefeller.edu. We reserve the right to modify our pricing model in subsequent years.

Basis for Model

RUP has adopted the model proposed by Tasha Mellins-Cohen in Price transparency: let's make it simple, which proposes that publishers adopt a nominal read fee that calculates price per article for hybrid journals. The model provides librarians with an additional metric, the nominal read fee, that can be used to evaluate the costs of their subscriptions. We encourage other publishers to join us in publicizing the nominal read fees of their journals. We thank Tasha Mellins-Cohen for consulting with us on its application for RUP journals.

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